THE WATER KELPIE
The Water Kelpie is equally good for close listening and for just “having on” in regular rotation.
Tim and Leanne like to release useful recordings. Since its first release as a cassette in the early nineties, and its recent rerelease on CD, they have heard a steady trickle of reports on how listeners have put The Water Kelpie into their lives.
Some say the album has helped them with hard times, birthings, “late night slug-outs at the computer,” and avoiding the news.
Some say it increases their enjoyment of hot baths, romance, scenic drives, eating dinner, and going to sleep.
Some just like to sit and listen.
Tim and Leanne live together in Montpelier, Vermont. They have made their living together, playing traditional music and telling folk tales, since 1990. They perform steadily around New England, with occasional trips into The Wide World.
"Sheefra plays the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, Shetland, and Cape Breton in a gentle and beautiful manner. The interplay and harmonising of their instruments lends a smooth and almost classical touch to their music. Their music is beautiful, but never boring-- and in today's high stress world, a listen to Sheefra may be just what the doctor ordered."-- Celtic Beat
“Here’s a relaxed and gentle recording of Celtic music winningly performed by Leanne Ponder on Harp and Tim Jennings on English concertina. Leanne and Tim were special hits at the ‘91 Squeeze-in concert, and deservedly so; they possess an extremely deft touch on their respective instruments and C&S readers will be especially taken with Tim’s unique stuyle, phrasing, and canny use of chords. As Tim has said, the music is guaranteed to make your plants greener, your children calmer and your mate more romantic.... I’d go along with that, and what’s more, in the unlikely event that I owned a chicken farm I’d broadcast The Water kelpie to the cluckers night and day and they would undoubtedly present me with enough eggs to ensure early retirement at a palm-fringed beach house near Papeete. Until then, this recording gets a lot of airplay, especially during late-night slugouts at the computer.” Concertina and Squeezebox.